It's Rick Estrin - This week I'm back on Sonic Junction with the 4th verse of this Lockdown Shuffle. I'm going to start out giving a little background about the origins of this basically traditional piece. After that, we'll get into the mechanics of what I'm doing to try to make the verse "swing". I cover the distinction between hitting a chord with a somewhat lighter, more casual attack, versus the more aggressive, more obviously percussive attack we used earlier in the song. I address "lag time" and the "cool" effect that can have when applied in the right spot. I talk a little about the benefits of "tongue switching", re: tongue blocking out of the left side of your mouth. Also, in this verse, you've got another opportunity to work out on those all important, precision bends on the 2nd and 3rd holes. Who ever knew education could sound so cool?!?
Have fun, and I'll see you next week!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
A Harp in the Key of E.
Loop 0:00 First Four Verses
Loop 1:50 Inspiration for Piece and Big Walter
Loop 3:55 4th Verse Acoustically
Loop 4:40 I Chord Breakdown
Loop 9:57 IV Chord and Back to the I Breakdown
Loop 12:42 V Chord and Turnaround Breakdown
Loop 14:25 Closing Thoughts